Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

Microsoft's cybersecurity specialist in a blog post said that although it is fine to use Internet Explorer for certain enterprise solutions, it should not be relied on as the main browser but just as a compatibility solution.

In a Wednesday blog post, Microsoft Windows Principal Architect Chris Jackson urged companies to migrate to modern browsers instead of using IE as their default.

We are not supporting new web standards for this, while many sites work excellent, large and developers are not experimenting and testing for Internet Explorer these days.

Washington D.C, February 9: We all dread using Internet Explorer, but some businesses and organisations still use the good old browser because they can't help it. It's time to event stop calling Internet Explorer a web browser. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Jackson. This is because some businesses still use it for their web page and web apps.

MICROSOFT'S SECURITY BOSS has told punters that its venerable browser, Internet Explorer, isn't actually a browser in a bout of Magrittian surrealism.

Microsoft later confirmed that it is dropping the Internet Explorer brand for Edge when it launched Windows 10.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution".

However, Edge has struggled to make a mark due to stiff competitors like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. However, to be fair to Jackson, he never pushes for any specific web browser to replace Internet Explorer. Looking all the way back to Internet Explorer 6, the very concept of "standards mode" vs "quirks mode" comes from this "easy button" approach.

Whilst acknowledging that pre-Nadella Microsoft didn't exactly help matters with its conduct, which led in part to the so-called "Browser Ballot" in the European Union, things have changed and it really is time to start thinking about browsers in a more constructive way.

Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995, but since then it has gained a lacklustre reputation.

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